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Pollution Control - Nuisances

Craven District Council deals with a wide range of commercial and domestic nuisances.

Barking dog

The Council investigates complaints regarding statutory nuisances and public health matters. This includes rubbish accumulating in gardens/land, dog fouling, filthy and verminous premises, nuisance from keeping animals and birds, light pollution and dust and odour.If a situation is found to be prejudicial to health or interfering with the comfort and enjoyment of a neighbours property it would be classed as a statutory nuisance and action would be taken.

What action can be taken?

A formal notice called an abatement notice will be served on the person responsible or occupier/owner of the land/property. This notice will detail the works that are required to prevent or minimise the nuisance. If the notice is not complied with, the Council can carry out any necessary works and recover all the costs incurred in court. The person served with the notice can be also be prosecuted for non compliance with it.

If you wish to take your own legal action a leaflet, Nuisance - how to take your own action, is available to download.

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  • Fly tippingReport fly tipping

    Report fly tipping

    Fly tipping is illegal and an eyesore. The Council can take action to require the removal of noxious, toxic or verminous refuse, which has been dumped on privately owned land.

  • Image to depict dog foulingDog Fouling

    Dog Fouling

    Craven District Council has adopted the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996, which makes it an offence for a person in charge of a dog not to clean up its faeces after it has fouled in a public area.

  • Picture to depict filthy roomFilthy and Verminous Premises

    Filthy and Verminous Premises

    The Environmental Protection Team has a statutory duty to deal with filthy and/or verminous premises, under section 79 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and section 83 of the Public Health Act 1936.

  • Picture of peacock to depict animal nuisanceAnimal Nuisance

    Animal Nuisance

    Legislation exists to prevent anyone causing a nuisance or health hazards to other people and homes/premises from keeping animals.

  • Picture to depict light pollutionLight Pollution

    Light Pollution

    Light Pollution is the intrusion of over bright or poorly directed lights onto neighbouring properties , e.g. an incorrectly positioned security light shining into a bedroom window.

  • Picture to depict dust and odourDust and Odour

    Dust and Odour

    Dust and Odour may constitute a statutory nuisance if it "interferes materially with the well being of the residents, i.e. affects their well being, even though it may not be prejudicial to health".